A Day in Amsterdam’s Oud West

May 10, 2022 — City Guide

A Day in Amsterdam’s Oud West

Photographer Danielle Siobhan shares her itinerary for a day in Amsterdam’s Oud West neighborhood.

In order to truly get to know a city, you must get to know its food. Lucky for us, we had a guide to help us do just that in Amsterdam. Danielle Siobhan—Life & Thyme photographer, retoucher, model and more—gave us an itinerary for a day in her neighborhood, Oud West. 

Danielle Siobhan, Life & Thyme Photographer | Photo by Antonio Diaz
Photos by Danielle Siobhan

Uncommon Coffee
Eerste Constantijn Huygensstraat 63H, 1054 BT Amsterdam, Netherlands

Uncommon Coffee is a café and roastery in the Helmersbuurt neighborhood that puts a spotlight on the producers they source their beans from. Its coffee selection is carefully selected by its team, and is paired with a pastry program that makes it hard to leave without indulging. “They actually have the best croissants in Amsterdam, I find,” says Siobhan. The minimalist interior offers a break from the bustle of the city and a space to gather with friends.

Photo by Antonio Diaz

Ten Katemarkt
Ten Katestraat 34, 1053 CC Amsterdam, Netherlands

Founded in 1912, De Ten Katemarkt is an open-air market in Oud West. During its opening hours, shoppers weave through the stall-lined street browsing a selection of prepared foods, produce and beyond. 

Photos by Danielle Siobhan

Bar Centraal
Ten Katestraat 16, 1053 CE Amsterdam, Netherlands

Just beside Ten Katemarkt sits Bar Centraal, a natural wine bar and bistro that is a favorite for locals. Open in the late afternoon well into the late evening, Bar Centraal serves a menu consisting of shareable small bites. Its wine menu is extensive as well, with selections for almost every palate. “I secretly want it to stay as secret as possible to just be my little bar,” Siobhan says. 

Chef Tim Van Grootheest
Photos by Danielle Siobhan

Restaurant Watergang
Weteringstraat 41, 1017 SM Amsterdam, Netherlands

Tim Van Grootheest and Mo Schuttel opened Restaurant Watergang in the Weteringbuurt neighborhood in 2019. You won’t find its menu online, however, with the restaurant preferring to keep it a surprise—but it does offer an ever-changing table d’hôte that draws inspiration from the seasons. The interior is intimate, with candle-lit place settings and wine adorning the walls. “You definitely have a feeling that you’re not in the city center,” Siobhan says of the restaurant. “I get a feeling I’m in an old French home, like a granny’s home. It’s very cozy, [or] as we would say in Dutch, gezellig.”

Photo by Danielle Siobhan

Levain et le Vin
Jan Pieter Heijestraat 168, 1054 ML Amsterdam, Netherlands

Natural wines line the windowsill at Levain et le Vin, a bakery and natural wine shop on Jan Pieter Heijestraat in Oud West. Guided by the vision of owner and baker Florence van Limburg Stirum, the shop specializes in sourdough baking, turning out goods from brioche to baguettes to kouign-amann. The wine program follows the same philosophy of spotlighting natural production processes, with the bottle selection coming from small vineyards that use low-intervention methods in their wine making. The store strives to minimize its footprint as well, eliminating the usage of single-use plastics and partnering with suppliers who are conscious of their impact on the environment.

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